Bear Creek Fence Repair #1

Aaron Tani


Sarah Graham, Sage Sustainers Member

Sarah Graham, Sage Sustainers Member

“I contribute to ONDA monthly because it adds up to a larger annual gift than what I’d be able to comfortably afford if I were to do a simple one-time donation annually. I’m able to give more to ONDA this way and have greater impact which is important to me, and my dog Polly.”




The Oregon Swallowtail butterfly is the official state insect of Oregon and a true native of the Pacific Northwest. The Swallowtail can be seen in the lower sagebrush canyons of the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Snake River drainage area.  Source: State Symbols USA

Latin name: Papilio oregonius


Young Desert Horned Lizard

Young Desert Horned Lizard

In the summer these lizards begin foraging for food as soon as their body temperature rises as the heat of the day increases. They feed on slow-moving, ground-dwelling insects. In the fall they hibernate by burying themselves in the sand.

Latin name: Phrysonoma platyrhinos

Organizer: Sarah Lindsay

Date: Monday, September 23, 2024

Region: Central Oregon

Difficulty Rating: Level 3: Challenging

Maximum Group Size: 15 participants

About the place

ONDA’s conservation work takes place on the traditional lands of the Northern Paiute, Wasco, Warm Springs, Bannock and Shoshone people, as well as ceded lands of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and on lands currently managed by the Burns Paiute Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Many Indigenous peoples live in Oregon’s high desert region today, including members of the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (Wasco, Warm Springs and Paiute), the Klamath Tribes (Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin) and the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe.

This trip will take place along Bear Creek in Central Oregon, on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) where fences exclude cattle, and where future riparian restoration work is being planned.

About the stewardship work

This day trip is part of a collaboration with the Prineville BLM district focused on restoring riparian habitat. By repairing the fences to exclude riparian areas from the impacts of cattle crazing, we will be setting the stage for riparian restoration projects here in the coming years.  Volunteers will arrive to the worksite at 8 a.m. and travel home by 4 p.m. The work each day will involve a short hike to the project location and completing fence repair tasks such as running heavy wire spools, pulling staples and unclipping wire, splicing wires together, and stapling and clipping the new wires. No previous fence repair experience is necessary for this trip and all training, tools and materials will be provided.

While this is a single-day trip, it can be combined with the Bear Creek Fence Repair #1 trip if volunteers wish to work both days. The ONDA trip leader will be commuting from Bend each day, but several public campgrounds are nearby the worksite if volunteers wish to camp on their own.

Trip timeline: Monday September 23

  • 8 a.m.: Meet at Bear Creek for an orientation about the day’s work from BLM staff.
  • 8:30 a.m. – 12p.m.: Begin fence repair work along Bear Creek
  • 12-12:45ish: Break for lunch as a group
  • 12:45-4p.m.: Finish up fence repair tasks for the day
  • 4 p.m.: Meet to debrief the day’s work and head on home



Level 3

The nature of fence repair work is physically demanding. Access along the fence line is only by foot and we will likely be hauling a variety of fence materials to where they are needed to conduct repairs.  Footing is often uneven and slanted.

Participant responsibilities

Participants are responsible for their own food and water, as well as transportation to and from the trip. Sturdy off-trail ankle-high boots are required for this trip, and muck boots may be recommended depending on conditions. We recommend bringing your own work gloves to provide a comfortable fit, but it is not required.

Gear provided

ONDA will provide work gloves if you don’t have a pair, all the tools and materials required for the work, safety gear and excellent guidance in the field.


An ONDA registration application and medical form are required for this trip. Check the box next to each trip you would like to attend.

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You will receive a confirmation email within 2 weeks of submitting your form. The confirmation email will provide information regarding which trips you are on the “participant list” for, and which trips are full, and therefore you have been placed on the “wait list.”

Six weeks before the start of the trip, the trip leader will send out an RSVP to make sure everyone is still able to participate. Based on RSVPs, open spaces will be backfilled with people from the waitlist.

Three weeks before the trip start date, registered and confirmed participants will receive driving instructions, maps, and additional information in an email sent by the trip leader

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact the trip leader.